Easter 2019: When is Easter 2019 & 2020? [Guide]
Easter is the celebration of the resurrection on the third day after the crucifixion of Jesus. It is one of the most important ways of gaining our faith and hope by commemorating the victory of Jesus through the resurrection of him.
The resurrection of Jesus, as described in the New Testament of the Bible, is essentially the foundation upon which the Christian religions are built. Therefore, Easter is a very significant date on the Christian calendar.
Christians worldwide are gathering every year for this major holiday for the religion to feast, attend church services and hunt Easter eggs. Easter Sunday signifies the end of Lent, which is a 40-day period of repentance, fasting and preparation for the coming of Easter. It follows Maundy Thursday and Good Friday.
While Easter is a very important religious day for Christians, it is also a joyful holiday where families come together, where the children are full of fun with Easter eggs, Easter Bunny, buns and chocolates.
In this article, you will find general information about Easter, Easter 2019 date and Easter dates of the coming years.
What is Easter?
Before we treat Easter as a holiday, we need to focus on its original meaning. The true meaning of Easter is the resurrection of Jesus Christ. According to many Christians, this date is considered to be the most special day of the year. The birth of Christ is undoubtedly very important, but his resurrection engenders faith and hope in eternal life for all. The Lenten season, which continues until Easter Sunday, is a perfect time for fasting, sacrifice and prayer. On this occasion, every Christian commemorates the sacrifice that Christ made for them and tries to offer him gratitude for him by respecting his fast and his death on the cross.
Easter follows Lent, a traditional 40-day period before Easter, which includes penance and fasting. Just after Easter, the Holy Week, which includes the Maundy Thursday, commemorates the Last Supper of Jesus with his disciples. Wednesday which is the day of Crucifixion. And Holy Saturday that expresses the transition between the crucifixion and the resurrection.
Easter is celebrated by all Christians. Apart from the rituals organized in churches, there are different traditions according to the country where it is celebrated. The most common symbols among them are the Easter bunny and the Easter egg.
Easter includes a fasting five-week period, and the last week (Holy Week). It ends on Easter Day (Resurrection Day). For Easter Day, special buns (Easter buns) are made in houses, candles are burned and everyone prays.
In Eastern Orthodox branches of Christianity, Easter Sunday means the start of the season of Pascha (Greek for “Easter”), which ends 40 days later with the holiday known as the Feast of the Ascension.
Despite its great significance and meaning as a Christian holy day, it is accepted that many of the traditions and symbols that play a key role in Easter have roots in pagan celebrations particularly the pagan goddess Ostara, the ancient Germanic goddess of spring and in the Jewish holiday of Passover.
In addition to religious traditions, Easter is celebrated by Christians with Easter Bunny, colored eggs, jelly beans and plenty of chocolate.
The Easter game called Easter Egg Hunt is expected with great pleasure especially by children. In the early hours of the morning, children go out to find the colorful Easter eggs that the Easter Bunny kept the night before. The Easter Bunny is a result of folkloric tradition. Their association with the holiday comes from their ability to procreate, making them symbols of fertility. German settlers brought the Easter Bunny tradition to America in the 1700s. The Easter Egg Hunt is accepted as a first game ever to be invented.
Also, every year on Easter Monday in the United States, the children play with the president and his family in the garden of the white house, playing the White House Easter Egg Roll. Last year, in 2018 it was the 140th anniversary of this traditional game. The White House Easter Egg Roll is officially based on the presidency of Rutherford B. Hayes in 1878, but the first-hand sources indicate that informal festivals began under President Abraham Lincoln.
As you can see, Easter is a holiday that Christians are looking forward to, both religiously and enjoyably.
And this year, when Easter 2019 meets on Sunday, April 21 (and on Sunday, April 28 for Orthodox Easter 2019) the children will start the day by hunting the Easter Bunny's Easter basket on this beautiful spring morning. Then the family will wear the newest spring clothes and go to the church to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. From there, everyone (according to his customary tradition) will meet at brunch or barbecue parties. Breakfast will be served with families and friends; cooked ham will be eaten with great pleasure.
When is Easter 2019?
First of all, we will answer this question, and then we will look at the history to get an idea of the formation of the Easter date. Because, as it is known, there is no fixed Easter date and it corresponds to a different day each year.
Easter 2019 will be celebrated on 21st of April, Sunday by Western Christians and Orthodox Easter 2019 will be on 28th of April, Sunday.
Now, Let's take a look at the history of Easter date.
Early Christians began to commemorate the resurrection of every Sunday following the day of its occurrence. Then, the Nicaea Council in A.D. 325, adopted a special and official day to celebrate the resurrection. Many Christians thought that the date should continue in the same tradition based on the time of resurrection during Passover. After the Jewish leaders had determined the date of the Passover, the Christian leaders decided three days after the Passover, and determined the date when Easter was to be celebrated. This means that Easter will take place on a different day of the year every year, but naturally it will be on Sunday for some years.
The Council finally decided that Easter should be celebrated on Sunday after the first full moon after the vernal equinox. Since the date of the Vernal equinox varies from year to year, it may be difficult to calculate the appropriate date. This is still the method used to determine Easter today, so in some years Easter may be earlier than in other years. In the 20th century, studies were conducted to determine a fixed date for Easter. These studies focused on the second Sunday of April, but this proposal was not implemented.
In Western Christianity which is using the Gregorian calendar, Easter always falls on a Sunday between 22 March and 25 April inclusive, within about seven days after the astronomical full moon.
The following day, called Easter Monday, is a holiday in many countries with Christian traditions.
Eastern Christianity, however, uses Julian Calendar. Because of the 13-day difference between the calendars between the years 1900 and 2099, 21 March corresponds to 3 April in the Gregorian Calendar during the 21st century.
Therefore, the date of Easter changes between 4 April and 8 May in the Gregorian calendar. Also, because the Julian "full moon" is always several days after the astronomical full moon, the Easter in eastern is often celebrated later than Easter in western. As some oriental Orthodox churches have changed their calendars from the Julian to the Gregorian, the Easter date is the same as in the Western churches.
Dates for Easter 2019 to 2025
Here you can find the Western and Orthodox Easter dates from 2019 to 2025 in sequence.
|When is ..?||Date||Day of the week|
|Western Easter 2019||April 21, 2019||Sunday|
|Western Easter 2020||April 12, 2020||Sunday|
|Western Easter 2021||April 4, 2021||Sunday|
|Western Easter 2022||April 17, 2022||Sunday|
|Western Easter 2023||April 9, 2023||Sunday|
|Western Easter 2024||March 31, 2024||Sunday|
|Western Easter 2025||April 20, 2025||Sunday|
|When is ..?||Date||Day of the week|
|Orthodox Easter 2019||April 28, 2019||Sunday|
|Orthodox Easter 2020||April 19, 2020||Sunday|
|Orthodox Easter 2021||May 2, 2021||Sunday|
|Orthodox Easter 2022||April 24, 2022||Sunday|
|Orthodox Easter 2023||April 16, 2023||Sunday|
|Orthodox Easter 2024||May 5, 2024||Sunday|
|Orthodox Easter 2025||April 20, 2025||Sunday|
What is open and closed on Easter 2019?
We have compiled some information for you to find out which institutions are open and which ones are closed on Easter 2019.
Is There Mail Delivery on Easter 2019?
Many mail delivery services are closed on Sundays. But mail delivery on Easter Monday varies. Like Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Monday are not recognized by UPS, so they’ll be operating on their normal schedule on both days. FedEx, on the other hand, is closed for Easter Sunday and some of their services are even affected on the Saturday before. Check their holiday calendar to learn which services will change on Easter 2019.
Are Banks Open or Closed on Easter 2019?
As the banks are generally closed on Sundays, they’ll be closed on Easter Sunday as well. But ATMs remain open. Since the day following Easter, Easter Monday is not a bank holiday, banks are open like usual.
Are Schools Open or Closed on Easter 2019?
While many schools will resume normal schedules on Easter 2019, others will not be open. Also, there may be some schools that are only open because they need to make up for snow days. There are also schools who are on their Spring Break. As it depends on each of them, it’s important to check with your specific school district. You can access to this information quite easily by internet or phone. Some schools post closure information on their Facebook and Twitter pages as well.
Are Malls Going to Be Open on Easter 2019?
Most malls (and stores in general) are closed for Easter Sunday. Walmart will be open on Easter Sunday this year. The big-box retailer is usually open 24 hours a day, seven days a week including most holidays